Sleep Apnea

How can you tell if you have Sleep Apnea?

Ask your spouse, family, or those around you!

Here are some questions to help you query yourself:

1. Are you a loud, habitual snorer, disturbing your companion?

2. Do you feel tired and groggy on awakening?

3. Do you experience sleepiness and fatigue during waking hours?

4. Are you overweight?

5. Have you been observed to choke, gasp or hold your breath during sleep?

If you answered yes to one or more of these questions, you should discuss your symptoms with your physician. Or write the American Sleep Apnea Association for information about attending one of their self help groups (called A.W.A.K.E.).

Some facts about Sleep Apnea...

One of the most common problems that disrupts sleep is related to a night time breathing problem called Sleep Apnea. You may not know anything is wrong.

Sleep Apnea is usually associated with loud or heavy snoring interrupted by pauses and gasps often noted by your spouse. Blood oxygen saturation is reduced to the entire body during apnea - sometimes producing serious irregular heartbeats and significantly reduced oxygen to the brain. Common symptoms of Sleep Apnea are a decreased ability to concentrate; loss of energy and/or fatigue; mild to marked depression; irritability; short temper; morning headaches; forgetfulness; anxiety; and, most frequently, excessive daytime sleepiness.

 
Narcolepsy
Narcolepsy, and related disorders, is typified by the inability to stay awake when you should. Narcoleptics may suddenly fall asleep while they are engaged in an activity (for example, while waiting for a traffic light to change). Attacks are occasionally brought on by laughing, crying, and other strong emotions in a group setting. This illness often goes undiagnosed for years.
 
Insomnia
Insomnia is an inability to fall asleep or stay asleep. Attacks are often brought on by stress; worry; depression; another illness; persistent pain; and sleeping pill habits. Evaluating insomnia is important even if the condition seems temporary.
 
Other Sleep Disorders
Some people suffer from nightmares, night terrors, sleep walking, excessive body jerks, or uncontrollable leg movements. These people often get less than four and one-half hours of restorative sleep -something our bodies need. Even though a person spends ten hours in bed, they may only get two hours of restorative sleep. It is important to have your sleep analyzed if you find yourself waking up more tired than when you went to bed.
 


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